Vancouver is the largest city in the province of British Columbia, Canada Population: 2.5 million
One of the world’s most liveable cities and best places to work and do business
A top 10 startup city as ranked by the Startup Genome Index
The 3rd greenest city in the world, and aiming to become the greenest by 2020
One of the most globally competitive tax regimes with low rates and generous refundable R&D incentives
First class infrastructure; Vancouver has North America’s best airport; an outstanding public transit system; some of the fastest broadband speeds in the world
Closest major port to Asia, one of the world’s best natural deep-water harbours and a key international transportation hub
Some of the lowest energy rates in North America, primarily derived from clean energy
Vancouver is one of top 10 lowest risk cities in the world to recruit, employ, and redeploy business talent
Vancouver is a magnet for global talent and investment; in 2013 it attracted more venture capital than any other Canadian city
Vancouver is located within a 90 minute drive of the United States
Recognized as a top 10 global cleantech city by the Global Cleantech Cluster Association, Vancouver is at the forefront of global innovation, with particular strengths in advanced-energy solutions as well as waste and wastewater treatment technologies.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
Vancouver has one of the most productive tech ecosystems in the world; outstanding talent, an abundance of home grown success stories e.g. Hootsuite and Avigilon; and leading multi-nationals, e.g., Amazon, Microsoft, and Twitter. Vancouver’s strengths include business intelligence, content management, SaaS, e-commerce, security, digital video, genomics, social media and web technologies.
Digital Entertainment and Interactive
Global centre for animation & special effects; film & TV; gaming; interactive design, digital media, with over 600 digital media companies employing over 16,000 people. Home to many of the world’s top studios including Sony Imageworks, Industrial Light & Magic and MPC. A global top 5 film production centre.
Vancouver is a world leader in social enterprise; a broad, dynamic sector affecting social and environmental change through the power of new business models. Over 750 social enterprises operate in every sector of industry, including non-profits, co-operatives, credit unions, B-Corps and social venture business.